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WATCH: RCMP violently arrest BC indigenous protester

“I can’t breath,” Sutherland-Wilson repeatedly tells officers.




The violent arrest of a BC indigenous protester by numerous RCMP officers on Sunday is going viral.

Denzel Sutherland-Wilson was arrested near New Hazelton, BC, where scores of RCMP officers are trying to storm a barricade put up by Wet’suet’en supporters near a camp for workers constructing the Coastal GasLink pipeline.

“I can’t breath,” Sutherland-Wilson repeatedly tells officers.

“You’re not even allowed to be here,” another protester tells officers as she films the arrest along a set of railway tracks.

“Get off him, get off him,” a woman screams hysterically as four RCMP officers try and take him into custody.

Another protester tries to intervene but they are quickly taken to the ground by other officers.

When asked to roll over on his back, Sutherland-Wilson responded. “No! This is our land.”

Details on what Sutherland-Wilson did or possible charges he faces haven’t been made public yet.

The pipeline has the support of all First Nations along the route, but hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation, through which 28% of the 670-km route passes, oppose it.

The $6.6 billion pipeline, to be operated by TC Energy Corp, would transport gas from near Dawson Creek in northeast BC to Kitimat on the coast and supply Canada’s largest liquefied natural gas export terminal, called LNG Canada, which is under construction.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard and the Vice-President: News Division of Western Standard New Media Corp. He has served as the City Editor of the Calgary Sun and has covered Alberta news for nearly 40 years. dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com

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  1. Ben Wilson

    November 24, 2021 at 10:26 am

    RCMP officers are not the problem. It’s that they are controlled by Ottawa. I have family in the RCMP.
    RCMP are finally being allowed to do their jobs. Protesters must never break the law….. if allowed a society turns into Kaos..
    I wonder if Ottawa is allowing RCMP to actually do there job as Alberta will sone be voting on removing the RCMP from Alberta and Ottawa does not want to look worse than they already have.

    Thank goodness the UCP gov has just recently announced they are probably going ahead with a provincial vote on their own Provincial police force. I suspect with out this move by UCP gov, Ottawa would have stepped in and told the RCMP to not touch the illegal protesters. This is what Ottawa has done in the past. Once all these protesters get arrested a few times and spent time in jail, the $300 per day they are getting paid, won’t be such a good deal.

  2. Dennis

    November 23, 2021 at 9:57 am

    Again Left Coast, you talk common sense and truth. That will not be tolerated!

  3. Jack Masterman

    November 23, 2021 at 9:42 am

    “I can’t breathe” will now be the rallying call of all criminals as they are being taken down.

    For all you that are condemning the police for doing what they have been ordered to do, stuff a gag in it. You obviously are against any economic development. Unless you are working for the public sector and get your wages paid by the taxpayer or living “off the dole”, the rest of society needs to earn a living. You are getting the benefit off the backs of people that go to work and produce something.

    What right do a handful of people have to blockade or oppose the economic wellbeing of the rest of society. Those that oppose the pipeline are “in it” for the money and power and nothing else. Those that blockade the pipeline are either intellectually challenged or getting paid by foreign interests. What is the harm to the environment of natural gas?

  4. K

    November 23, 2021 at 8:57 am

    As annoying as these protestors are, these cops are 100x worse. Pandora’s box has been opened and a plague of tyranny has been unleashed in this land.

  5. d.r.cmolloy@gmail.com

    November 22, 2021 at 10:05 pm

    All these protesters need support to set up and stay in these protest locations . food water sleeping accommodations toilets and change of clothes . Were is this support monies coming from???

  6. Left Coast

    November 22, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    Bert . . . you need to take a chill pill . . .

    There have been court orders for these clowns to clear out for months . . . in this instance the Cops are finally doing the right thing.

    Most of these a “Rental” Protestors many have appeared at Burnaby Mountain, Toronto, Vancouver & other protests. Time they spent a few months in jail . . . destroying property & corruption.

  7. Eddy

    November 22, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    All natives are following the approved narrative I see – fake hysterical female screams into camera while guy on the ground who can clearly breath sez “I cant breathe” and continues to be gently treated by RCMP Takedown Squad.

  8. berta baby

    November 22, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    One last thing to those who think these is Brian’s deserve this brutal treatment… if your not wearing a mask , if your unvaxxed and have people in your home , or go out…. You are breaking these fuckers laws and these cops will come for you

  9. berta baby

    November 22, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    Bunch of dumb ass’s on this thread glad that cops assault un armed Indians. Hey dumb fucks these cops are doing the same shit to your unvaxxed ass. To your pastors to your bussiness’s.

    It is not us against each other it is US AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT TROOPS.

    I stand with all First Nations against police brutality

  10. berta baby

    November 22, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    Fucking cops , bunch of gang members with guns and power nothing less . One brown shirt is the same as another.

  11. Mac Cumming

    November 22, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    The toe of a boot applied to the gonads has been known to get a proper response from these lawbreakers.

  12. Left Coast

    November 22, 2021 at 12:32 pm

    You would thing the Rockerfeller & Soros Funded Indian would be smart enough to figure out when the game was over . . . and just walk away. But obviously not . . .

    “I can’t Breathe” . . . did he read about the Minneapolis drug abuser that died from Fentenyl abuse and then the marxists burned down much of the city.

    Court Orders apply to fake Chiefs and Indians too . . .

    Now our resident idiot Dr. Suzukki is threatening to send in Terrorists to bomb pipelines . . . I am sure he could find some volunteers among this group of Grifters.
    Perhaps it is time for “Open Season” on these marxist radicals ?

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New Sask law exempts employers from COVID-19 lawsuits

The release bragged that Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.




By Lee Harding

Employees’ quests for legal COVID-19 recourse has died with recently passed legislation that is “protecting vulnerable workers” according to Labour Minister Don Morgan.

Legislation recently passed by the Government of Saskatchewan prevents employers from being sued for implementing measures listed in the Public Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations or the Employers’ COVID-19 Emergency Regulations.

Amendments to the Saskatchewan Employment Act say “no action or proceeding lies or shall be commenced or maintained against an employer” if that employer acts in good faith.

“It’s broad general thing that would cover anything related to COVID-19 — signage, lack of signage, whatever else might reasonably arise from it. The threshold is that they must act in good faith,” said Morgan.

“We aren’t trying to target a specific lawsuit that’s been started or being threatened … But we know that COVID-19 vaccines, etc., are a worldwide issue right now and we want to be able to encourage our employers to have some comfort that they’re not going to be subject to lawsuits.”

The legislation applies regardless of when a perceived transgression may have occurred. The amendment received royal assent November 30. However, when the Saskatchewan Employment Amendment Act, 2021 was first announced in a press release November 18, nothing about COVID-19 was even mentioned.

Although the opening sentence mentioned “better and safer workplaces for employers and employees” the rest of the release concerned details about sexual harassment and union bargaining provisions.

Now the Labour Relations Board must exclude supervisors from the same bargaining unit as those they supervise, wherever possible. Sexual harassment at the workplace is now defined as any unwelcome action of a sexual nature, and provisions of the act extend beyond employees to include independent contractors, students, and volunteers.

“The legislation that governs our employers and employees needs to address the challenges of the modern work environment, including protecting vulnerable workers,” Morgan wrote in the release. “These amendments will help us build a stronger, safer and healthier Saskatchewan.”

fact sheet the release linked to concluded with a brief mention of COVID-19.

“We are introducing a provision that will provide protection for public and private sector employers that comply with the new COVID-19 vaccination regulations. These regulations give the employee the choice of showing evidence of being fully vaccinated or evidence of a negative COVID-19 test at least every seven days.”

The release bragged Saskatchewan was one of only five jurisdictions with such extensive sexual harassment protections, but after the legislation was passed, Morgan defended the COVID-19 provisions as being common.

“That’s being done generally across North America,” Morgan said.

The same day Morgan made his comments, a post on the Freedom Alliance Facebook page suggested a strong desire for legal recourse alongside skepticism, and an apparent unawareness of the new provincial law.

“Does anyone here know of any lawyers in Saskatoon that believe in the same rights and freedom as we do? I believe it’s time to really do something about losing my source of income 

“The couple lawyers I did speak with basically said the pandemic supersedes all our rights! Would be great if we found a lawyer that called out the BS! Might have to source out to other provinces,” replied Michielle Ross Noble.

“At the mine I work at they had a lawyer go to bat and it seems to be that the government is above the law and beyond the constitution. Money talks louder than laws these days,” replied Garrick Bernard.

“I also live near Saskatoon,” replied Ron Chappell. “Good luck finding a lawyer that will stand up for your rights and freedoms. Seems these evils are above the law including the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms. There should be lawsuits going on everywhere. Either we don’t hear about them or they are not happening. Justin Trudeau is [a] tyrant.”

To this Funk made what proved to be a moot reply.

“Then a group of us should band together and file lawsuits! Who’s with me?”

Harding is a reporter based in Saskatchewan

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Maverick leader describes his perfect successor

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” interim leader Jay Hill told the Western Standard.




Jay Hill, interim leader of the federal Maverick Party, says he hopes for a candidate for his replacement is someone that can “move the provinces and premiers towards greater autonomy for the West.”

On Wednesday, the Maverick Party released the rules for its leadership race that will see a new leader elected May 14, 2022.

The party will officially be accepting leadership applications as early as January 3 with a deadline of April 30.

Hill says he hopes to see two to six candidates apply.

“I am aware of three or four people who are seriously considering running for leadership,” Hill told the Western Standard.

“We’re more so focused on the quality side of things rather than quantity.”

The Maverick Party, formerly known as Wexit Canada, advocates for greater autonomy for Western Canadian provinces including BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the three territories.

“I’d like to see someone with the right vision and oratory skills to communicate with passion for Western Canadians,” said Hill.

Hill pointed to Quebec’s position within Canada and said the Maverick Party supports moving the western provinces in that direction.

Included in the list of rules for those interested in throwing their hat into the leadership race is a registration fee set at $10,000.

“Our governing council really struggled with that fee,” said Hill, who indicated the registration fee is still “substantially less” than any of the other federal parties.  

“We were really aiming for the right balance — that sweet spot — where you want to be realistic and make it doable and not a deterrent.

“It’s efficient to get serious contenders with serious commitment to register and not those with frivolous reasons.”

Hill, the former House leader for the Conservative Party of Canada, said he’s “too old” to run the party moving forward.

“My roll in elected office is done,” said Hill, adding he was done with the “high stress and high drama” when he quit federal politics in the fall of 2010.

When a new leader is elected in May, Hill plans to stay on and assist the party “depending on the needs of the new leader and how he or she feels I can contribute the most.”

Hill said he is excited and is looking forward to “a good, credible and lively leadership race.”

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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Maverick Party petition calls for carbon tax break for Canadians

Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.




The Maverick Party, with a newly launched petition, is calling on the federal government to suspend the collection of carbon taxes from Canadians from January 1 to April 1, 2022.

Carbon tax is a levy imposed on human activity that results in carbon emissions being released into the atmosphere, usually by the burning of fossil fuels like gasoline, natural gas and coal.

The petition notes although carbon taxes are designed to “change behaviour,” the rising costs of living are an “added extra burden” on taxpayers.  

The petition also says the party “understands that the cost of living is increasing at a pace that families can’t keep up with,” pointing to “skyrocketing” inflation and the cost of essential items rising.

“Many Canadians will soon have to choose between food on their tables or heat in their homes,” the petition reads.

“The federal government can alleviate some of the burden by declaring a carbon tax moratorium on New Year’s Day 2022.”

The Maverick Party is demanding the government give Canadians who are “drowning financially” a break to get through what will likely be “the most expensive winter in memory,”

The Trudeau government implemented the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act in 2019 that was upheld by the Supreme Court of Canada in March of this year.

“Putting a price on carbon pollution is widely recognized as the most efficient means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while also driving innovation,” the Government of Canada states on its website.

Melanie Risdon is a reporter for the Western Standard

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